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The Ethical Commitment

In response to resounding agreement from across the entire yoga community, Yoga Alliance will ask all credential holders to sign onto a strengthened, contemporary ethical commitment upon registration or renewal beginning February 2020. This ethical commitment includes three elements, the need for which was voiced loud and clear in SRP working group sessions and throughout conversations with schools and teachers of all levels: a Scope of Practice, a Code of Conduct, and a responsibility to equity in yoga.

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An exciting new change for Yoga Alliance RYTs of all levels will be a shared ethical commitment of proper behavior in yoga and yoga teaching. We created this commitment, which will include a Scope of Practice and Code of Conduct, in response to the resounding agreement from across the entire yoga community—members and non-members alike—that this was needed to serve as a marker of quality, safety, and accessibility with respect to schools, teachers, and classes.

Yoga Alliance will create tools and resources to support its members in understanding the components of the Scope and Code. In addition, we will be working with field leaders to create an online course on the topic of equity in yoga to begin to unpack the root causes behind why many people believe that yoga is not for them. This class will be free of charge to members and will count towards 10 Continuing Education hours.

This ethical commitment will be asked of RYTs—new and renewing—beginning in February 2020.

This shared commitment will aid in fostering quality and safety in yoga teaching with an awareness of and responsibility to increasing equity in yoga. In addition, these requirements will elevate the public’s understanding of the yoga teaching profession and signal to them Yoga Alliance members’ commitment to building a yoga community for all.

The Inclusion working group paper emphasized the importance of learning, teaching, and practicing yoga honestly, which to do so must include promoting equity, reducing harm, honoring and leveraging cultural differences, and fostering diversity and inclusion in all areas of yoga while honoring the integrity of yoga’s cultural and historical roots. Given the importance of this topic, Yoga Alliance will work alongside experts and leaders in the field of equity to develop and offer an online course on equity in yoga to introduce members to the issue of inequity in yoga so that we, as a community, can begin to address the root causes that have resulted in many people feeling excluded and underrepresented in the practice.

This course will be provided as part of membership and will count towards 10 Continuing Education credits.


Questions about our new standards? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.

Support for an Ethical Code of Conduct. Standards Review Project Survey, 2018

Professional support for a Scope of Practice. Standards Review Project Survey, 2018

For answers to common questions about our new standards, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

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